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Pecking Reorder

Q. How do I incorporate a couple of new hens into my existing flock, which contains nine hens that are each 2 years old?

A. New flock members need to be introduced slowly for two reasons: biosecurity and pecking order. The first and more important relates to the ease at which various contagious diseases can pass from one chicken to another. If you plan to add chickens to your flock, you need to quarantine them from your existing flock for 30 days. It’s not good enough to examine the chickens to see whether they appear healthy.

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